Nebraska Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Beatrice Six Bill

BEATRICE – Nebraska Legislators have passed an override of Governor Pete Ricketts veto of the bill that will allow Gage County to enact a half-cent sales tax to help pay off the Beatrice Six federal judgment.

Lawmakers voted 41-8 today, in favor of Adams Senator Myron Dorn’s motion.   LB 472 had passed on final reading, on a 43-to-6 vote.

:25                  “property taxes”

Dorn said the bill, allowing both property tax and sales tax to be used, will shorten the time to pay off the judgment of over $28 million.

Senator Ernie Chambers defended Dorn’s solution to paying the Beatrice Six judgment and criticized the governor’s position that the method goes against allowing the public to vote on a sales tax increase.

:31                  “this legislature”

Senator Mike Hilgers was one of the eight lawmakers voting against the override motion.  He said he agreed with Dorn’s motives to find a solution for taxpayers of his district.

:24                  “property taxpayers”

Dorn found a somewhat unlikely vote in support of the override from Senator Mike Groene, of North Platte….who said this was one of those “rock and a hard place” instances.

:26                  “over more taxpayers”

Senator Steve Erdman of Bayard, although supporting LB 472 on each of three rounds, voted to support Governor Ricketts veto.  He said he did so because Dorn voted for removing $25 million from the property tax credit fund in Appropriations Committee.

:15                  “same issue”

Senator Tom Briese, who has championed a property tax relief package, supported the motion to override the veto.

:31                  “neither do I”

Among area senators, Dorn and Plymouth lawmaker Tom Brandt voted to override the governor’s veto.  Senator Julie Slama, of Peru cast one of the eight votes to sustain the veto.

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